President Glenn McConnell just announced a $2.1 million shortfall, due in part, he explained, to “dwindling out-of-state enrollment.” Several years ago the College changed basketball conferences, eliminating traditional regional rivalries in exchange for exposure to major population centers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas (Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.) It would appear as if that exposure has not reaped any benefits. It is likely the change costs the college more in travel and other expenses than the previous conference.
Has it helped the basketball program? It is too early to tell, but early returns are not grounds for optimism. Possibly the college administration should revisit its decision.
Bill N. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Highway 17 North